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First equivs package #debian #emacs

๐Ÿ•œ๏ธŽ - 2011-12-25

The auctex-package in Debian unstable seems to have recently started to depend on emacs23.

I have emacs-snapshot (GNU Emacs 24) installed and no need for emacs23. So, with the aid of Google, I learned to type:

 $ equivs-control fake-emacs23
 $ jove fake-emacs23
 $ equivs-build fake-emacs23
 $ sudo dpkg --install fake-emacs23_1.0_all.deb

And then I could install auctex again. Nice!

The fake-emacs23 control file looked like this:

Section: misc
Priority: optional
Standards-Version: 3.9.2
Package: fake-emacs23
Provides: emacs23
Architecture: all
Description: Fake Emacs 23 pretends to provide Emacs 23 so auctex can be installed.
 Fake package providing emacs23.

Simple as that.